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Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD: Much more colorful, a bit more clear (pictures)

Parrot updates its Minikit series of Bluetooth car kits with four color choices, HD Voice quality and Siri Eyes Free compatibility.

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Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD

Parrot updates its svelte Minikit Neo Bluetooth car kit.

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The Minikit Neo 2 HD starts with subtle tweaks to the design, but the general layout remains intact.

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The Neo 2 HD presents a large central knob that doubles as a button for making selections.

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The now-red visor clip is larger than before, which makes mounting the Minikit easier. However, the body is still as slim as ever.

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Audio is output via a low-profile flat-panel speaker that occupies most of the device's surface.

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On one side is the power switch which, when slid beyond the neutral position, triggers the Minikit to speak its current battery status.

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On the other side is a Micro-USB port, which is used for charging and firmware updates. Beside the port is a small charging indicator light.

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Also in the box is a small USB charging socket and a USB charging cable.

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With a full charge, the Minikit Neo 2 HD claims up to 10 hours of talk time. When not in use, it can also maintain a standby charge for up to six months.

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Compared to the older Minikit Neo (left), the Neo 2 HD appears larger but is just as low-profile when mounted.

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The mounting clip is now more flexible than the old version.

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The design of the LED indicators that flank the control knob has also changed.

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Both Minikit Neo models are more compact than the first generation Minikit slim.

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The surfaces that flank the control knob are also buttons that can answer and end calls and manually trigger voice commands.

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The Minikit Neo 2 HD connects to up to two mobile devices at a time using Bluetooth 4.0.

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The Minikit Neo 2 HD also uses a "Magic Word" functionality to listen for voice commands without the need for the user to touch the device.

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The Minikit features its own onboard voice command software, or the user can choose to speak directly to the host handset's voice-command software, which is useful for fans of Siri or Google Now.

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